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SAS presented its first Airbus A320neo yesterday, the first of 30 that will join the SAS fleet.

“It’s fantastic to be standing here today in front of Sol Viking – SAS’s first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft represents the future for SAS and is part of our strategy to provide the best offer for those traveling to, from and within Scandinavian. We want to make life easier for our frequent travelers,” said Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS, at the inaugural ceremony.

Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS in front of the first Airbus A320neo. Photo: Nicklas Gustafsson

“We also want to make it easier for our customer to travel with us, therefore we’re investing in modern technology, for example super fast WiFi,” said Rickard Gustafson.

Chris Buckley, Executive Vice President at Airbus, for Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific, presented a trophy to Rickard Gustafson, and wished SAS good luck.

“Airbus has been a partner to SAS for about 40 years, and I’m proud and delighted to be here for this important delivery,” said Buckley. “The A320 is one of the most sold commercial aircraft in the world, and it’s environmental importance is massive. Neo stands for ‘new engine option’ but maybe we should call it ‘new environment option.’”

Chris Buckley, Executive Vice President at Airbus, for Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific, cuts the ribbon. Photo: Nicklas Gustafsson

“This is a historic moment for SAS,” said Lars Sandahl, Chief Operation Officer at SAS. “It is a unique feeling to have a new aircraft delivered, but it is also a big step for our customers. With more leg room, more comfortable seats, mood lighting and WiFi, we now offer our customers a more comfortable experience.”

Captains and Chief Pilots Ole Jørgen Jørgensen and Örjan Goteman were the two pilots who flew Sol Viking to Stockholm last Friday. They also test flew the plane at Airbus.

“We follow a standard test program set up by Airbus, but it’s not a flight that many of our travelers would have liked to be on.” said Örjan Goteman.

SAS first Airbus A320neo at the inaugural ceremony at Arlanda. Photo: Nicklas Gustafsson

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